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LuLu the Turtle

by Lueanne Wood

LuLu, the Sea Venice turtle sponsored by Lueanne Wood, PA, is now on display on West Venice Avenue, right in front of Coldwell Banker.

LuLu was brought to life by local artist Mary Jo Floryjanski, who created a detailed sea life and mosaic design for the 6-foot fiberglass statue.

At the left, you can see the front of LuLu, painted with sea shells, grass, coral and seahorses. The painting took many hours to complete, as did the mosaic on LuLu's shell. You can see here how the tiles wrap around the edge of her shell, so they are visible from the front and the back.

LuLu is a part of Sea Venice, a public art project here in Venice. Many local sponsors and amazing artists contributed their money, time and talent to bring these beloved sea creatures to life. Turtles and dolphins will remain on display at locations inside and out for several months to come.

All proceeds will ultimately benefit the programs of Venice Art Center. The 20 turtles and dolphins are on display throughout downtown Venice, on sidewalks and inside businesses, for the enjoyment of all.

In addition to taking the Sea Venice tour, you can stop by the art center, located on Nokomis Avenue by the library, to pick up Sea Venice memorabilia including t-shirts, hats, and custom Tervis Tumblers with the Sea Venice logo. T-shirts are available in both adult and child sizes.

Please stop by the Coldwell Banker office to see LuLu and visit my website for updates about this exciting project.

Lueanne

Lueanne Wood, PA, for all your Venice area real estate needs, whether you want to buy or sell property.

 

A Clean House Helps You Sell

by Lueanne Wood

The most important step you can take to help sell your home is cleaning it from top to bottom. According to a recent survey of 500 real estate agents by Homegain, a good cleaning pays off big time. Agents said $400 spent on cleaning is likely to return an extra $2000 at closing. Here are a few areas to pay special attention to:

  • Windows, inside and out
  • Stovetop and oven
  • Bathroom
  • Carpets
  • Corners and ceiling fans
  • Baseboards

In general, keep every surface sparkly clean and decluttered. Whether you do it yourself or hire a maid service, making the effort to a squeaky clean home to potential buyers is a good investment.

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Lueanne Wood

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall further than they have already. They are assuming that the best course of action is to wait for the bottom in the market and then buy. The problem with this approach is that you don't know where the bottom is until you see it in the rear view mirror, meaning until you've missed it!

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have gone up in the last six months, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, if home prices come down a little further but interest rates go up, it could cost you even more to service a mortgage on an identical home!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates and low home prices, rather than to hope for a further break in prices in the future.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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Lueanne Wood P.A.
Gulf Shores Realty
211 Tamiami Trail S
Venice FL 34285
941.483.1663
Fax: 941.488.6640